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Indulge in a night of wine and romance by taking part in a “locavore” tasting tour featuring a chance to visit all six Mountain Road Wine Experience locations. These locations include Chateau Morrisette, Villa Appalaccia, Blacksnake Meadery, AmRhein Wine Cellars, and Foggy Ridge Cider. “Locavore” means that the wines are harvested or produced on our own crooked mountain roads in the surrounding areas of Smith Mountain Lake, Huddleston, Bedford, Roanoke, Rocky Mount, and Franklin County!

 At each location you will be able to taste an inventive dish made from local ingredients paired with wine, cider and mead. The cost is $25 to cover dishes such as goat cheese & local herbs, chicken kabobs, zucchini & tomato gratin and tastings at each location. A map is provided and you will be able to have your Mountain Road Passport stamped at each location you visit to receive a free gift.

 The tour is self-guided, and you can enjoy the delicious food and wine paired with expert advice on flavor combinations.

 You may make reservations in advance by phone or purchase the tickets on site the days of the event, August 27th and August 28th from 11 am-5 pm. You can even reserve a private limousine to shuttle you safely from place to place from Prestige Coach and Shuttle at (888) 271-7295 and Helping Hands Transit at (540) 808-9847. You will be riding in sophisticated style and enjoying a relaxing night of refinement as you support our local wineries.

For more information, call (540) 593-2865 or visit mountainroadwineexperience.com 

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Wing-lovers of all ages are invited to come out to Elmwood Park in Downtown Roanoke from 11 am-7 pm on August 27th to enjoy the Roanoke Wing Fest.

With some of the best wings Southwest Virginia has to offer, you’re in for a treat when you come sample wings from local restaurants and enjoy live music, beer, and tailgate tournaments all day! Choose your favorite wings while you sample, and there will be judges present to pick the official Best Wing in Roanoke.

Wing vendors for 2011 include:

  • Awful Arthurs
  • Blues BBQ Co.
  • Bull & Bones Brewhaus
  • Corned Beef and Co.
  • Kroger
  • Rick’s BBQ & Catering
  • The Village Grill
  • Martins
  • Thelma’s Chicken & Waffles
  • & more! (the list keeps growing)

 

The Wing Fest will feature some of the area’s best rock music. The concert schedule is not set yet, but you can check back at the event website for updates.

If you’re in a competitive mood, grab a friend and enter your team into the 2011 Tailgate Games at the Wing Fest. Two person teams compete to pick the best Cornhole players. Games start at 2 pm, and the top 3 teams will receive trophies. The winner will receive an unannounced grand prize! To enter your two-man team into the tournament, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In addition, the event is family friendly so there is also a Kids Tailgate Games area where the kids can play cornhole, sponsored by Woods Service Centers. Keep the kids entertained while you enjoy your wings and other festival fares!

Wing related contests and games will happen all day at the wing fest.

Tickets are only $5 for adults and kids 12 and under are free. Small sample packs of wings will be sold by each wing vendor so you or your group can try them all!

The wing fest proceeds benefit the Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia, so you will be eating and enjoying the live entertainment for a worthy cause. Learn more about their cause at their website here.

For more information on the Roanoke Wing Fest located closeby to the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake, visit the event website at www.roanokewingfest.com.

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Summer may be winding down with fall around the corner, but there are still plenty of exciting events here at Smith Mountain Lake! If you haven’t had a chance to make it out to the beach this summer The Virginia Corvette Club is bringing a mini-vacation to your own back yard. On August 20th at Parkway Marina there will be an array of events including music, dancing, wine, micro brewed beer, food and product vendors as well as live beach music by The Fantastic Shakers and the Virginia Corvette Club car show. All of this is set to the scenic backdrop of Smith Mountain Lake and views of the sunset, with the event going on from 4:00-9:00 pm.

 

The Corvette Display features Corvettes on showcase along the shores of the lake. The display also has people’s choice voting by all attendees, with trophies awarded. The Fantastic Shakers Band members also select a Corvette to ride up to the Pavilion as their entrance to the event.

 

If you’re interested in entering your car into the show, the entry fee is only $10 per Corvette, allowing up to 2 people in the car. Entry fees are due by August 16th, and upon paying the entry fee you will receive a corvette event badge which serves as your ticket into the event. Corvettes must be parked by 3:00 pm. Awards are presented during the band’s last break (around 8:00 pm).

 

If you are interested in event tickets without entering the car show, the cost is $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the gate. The car show and other activities are located at Parkway Marina at 16918 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway in Huddleston. Consider this an affordable vacation and a break from your hectic schedule and come out to enjoy yourself with family and friends before the summer ends!

For more information about this event, call 540-586-9401.
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Elmwood Park in nearby Roanoke is hosting a huge event this summer-the 14th Annual Microfestivus!

Microfestivus is a micro and craft beer festival with a huge selection of over 100 or more beers from over two-dozen different micro and craft breweries from the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Square Society is bringing Roanoke a wonderful opportunity to enjoy great food AND great music on August 13, 2011 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm in scenic Elmwood Park.

Microfestivus Poster PDF

 

In order of their scheduled appearance, the bands that will be playing for the event include:

 

There will also be food from Blue 5, The Lunch Box, Dogtown Pizza, The Quarter, and various other vendors available to enjoy while you participate in the beer tasting bash.

If you are 21 or over you may choose to purchase tickets that allow you regular admission without beer tasting, a souvenir glass and 10 servings of beer, a souvenir glass and 21 servings of beer, or VIP admission and sponsorship tickets. One serving measures 4 oz, and you can receive 4, 8, or 12 oz at a time in your souvenir glass.

Tickets to the event can be bought online before August 7th in order to receive the best discount. The online sales end at 11:00 pm on Friday, August 12th. You may also buy your tickets at the gate. Ticket prices and information are listed here at the event website.

For directions to the event and hotel accommodation information, visit the site. For any additional information, visit the event website at microfestivus.squaresociety.org.

Smith Mountain Lake and its neighboring communities are full of exciting events such as this one during the summer of 2011. Make sure you aren’t missing out on the fun!

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Saturdays are always a good chance to get out and enjoy your leisure time with your family and friends, especially here at the lake! If you’re not spending your day on the waters of beautiful Smith Mountain Lake, you should head over to downtown Roanoke and check out the scene at City Market Saturdays sponsored by Haley Toyota for a variety of entertainment events!


Roanoke, VA City Market Saturday Logo

 

Every Saturday from 11:00 am-2:30 pm on the downtown City Market the event offers a different experience for families and friends to enjoy. There will be a variety of live entertainment, cooking demonstrations from downtown chefs, workshops, street performers, family days and more. Best of all, all of these activities are FREE and you can browse the surrounding shops or partake in some downtown dining while you enjoy the festivities brought to you by Haley Toyota, Stellar One Bank, and Downtown Roanoke Inc.

 

The Schedule of Events includes:

 

  • July 23rd- How-To: Canning by Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • July 30th- Steel Drum Performance by Quest Academy
  • August 6th- Barefoot West Band & Let’s Celebrate “Peach” Day on the Market
  • August 13th- Cooking Demo
  • August 20th- Downing Brothers Band
  • August 27th- Wine Tasting on the Market
  • September 3rd- Dirt Road Travelers Band
  • September 10th- Hotel Roanoke Cooking Demo
  • September 17th- Music by Sharayah Spears
  • September 24th- Haley Toyota’s Harvest Festival
  • October 1st- Poison Bottom Boys Band

 

With all these activities and more going on so close by, you’re sure to find something every member of your family and your friends will enjoy!

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In Smith Mountain Lake and its surrounding areas, music and entertainment is never in short supply. From concerts to karaoke and everything in between, there is plenty of live entertainment for residents and visitors to enjoy, including music from all types of genres. As an integral part of this lively music scene, Hollins University is hosting an event called FiddleFest on its campus all day long each day from July 29th-July 30th.


Roanoke, VA Hollins University Fiddle Fest

 

FiddleFest is described as “Roanoke’s Celebration of Traditional String Music”. It was founded in 2003 and has since grown wildly in popularity, attracting diverse acts and talents. FiddleFest is a string music festival which is particularly unique because it not only boasts a thrilling concert lineup, but for those of us who also love playing string instruments there will be workshops which allow festival-goers the opportunity to meet with and learn from the performing artists!

The festival features workshops, jams, concerts and more, with vendors selling food, tee shirts, CDs, jewelry, and musical instruments among other things. You can also camp for the 2-day festival, setting up a tent or parking an RV on site and enjoying the company of fellow festival-goers.

The workshops take place during the day, with each one starting at 10:00 am. Here you can learn more about playing techniques and get insight from the artists or just enjoy the chance to sit down and play with your favorite band members. The workshops included on each day will work with the banjo, the mandolin, the guitar, the fiddle, vocals, and bass. For the full workshop schedule and a chance to see which artists will be hosting each workshop, visit the workshops info page at the FiddleFest site.

On Saturday, there will be an informal open jam session for singers, pickers and spectators in the Rathskeller Lounge featuring the Dale Ann Bradley Band.


The Concert Schedule for Friday’s FiddleFest includes:

 

At Babcock Auditorium in the Dana Science Building (first come, first served indoor seating):
Ticket Price-Included in all two-day passes and Friday one-day passes

  • 1:30-Eastman String Band
  • 2:10-Jim & Valerie Gabehart
  • 2:50-Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
  • 3:30-Conner & Miller
  • 4:00-Sierra Hull & Highway 111

 

At The Tinker Beach Stage (festival seating, outside-bring blankets or lawn chairs):
Ticket Price-$12.00 in advance or $15.00 at the gate, also included in all two-day passes and Friday one-day passes 

  • 6:00-Jim & Valerie Gabehart
  • 7:10-Eastman String Band
  • 8:20-Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
  • 9:30-Sierra Hull & Highway 111

 

Saturday’s FiddleFest Concert Schedule Includes:


At Babcock Auditorium in the Dana Science Building (first come, first served indoor seating):
Ticket Price-Included in all two-day passes and Saturday one-day passes

  • 2:45-Locust Mountain Boys
  • 3:00-Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
  • 3:40-The Travelers

 

At The Tinker Beach Stage (festival seating, outside-bring blankets or lawn chairs):
Ticket Price-$12.00 in advance or $15.00 at the gate, also included in all two-day passes and Saturday one-day passes

  • 6:00-Locust Mountain Boys
  • 7:10-Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
  • 8:20-The Travelers
  • 9:30-Dale Ann Bradley

 

Tickets for FiddleFest can be purchased in advance with special advance pricing, or they can be purchased at the regular rate at the gate during the festival. For more information on festival pricing visit the ticket page.

Be sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs with you to the festival. If you are 21+ and would like to drink alcoholic beverages at the event, there will also be a Beer Garden selling beer and wine with great views of the concerts.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy talented live acts, learn tips from the artists and have a wonderful time with family and friends in a fun festival atmosphere!

Hollins University and the FiddleFest event are located at 7916 Williamson Road in Roanoke, VA (24019). Click for directions and visit www.roanokefiddlefest.org for more information about the festival, or contact them with any questions or concerns. We hope to see you there!

 

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If you’ve ever been interested in art, the Smith Mountain Lake area boasts many venues to explore your creative side. Whether you’re an amateur or an expert artist, a critic or a collector or you just enjoy browsing, there are plenty of resources available in the area to cater to your creative needs. One such venue is The Electric Company located in Bedford, VA.

The Electric Company is a “unique mix of galleries and shops combined with a wonderful café”. The art center boasts classes, workshops, and artists working throughout the building.

The Art on Depo shop features over 30 local artists, with some of the most talented artists in Virginia on display. The venue has artist studios that are open to the public regularly. From July
29-August 31st
, Teresa Dittrich and Vicki Sides will be a part of the first “Featured Artist” exhibition here in Bedford.

If you’d like to see Teresa and Vicki’s exhibit, you are invited to come out to Art on Depo to celebrate the grand opening at 207 East Depot Street in Bedford, Virginia.

The opening event takes place on July 19th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. There will be a chance to meet both of the artists, as well as enjoy some treats provided by the Artisan Café.

Both Teresa Dittrich and Vicki Sides are well-respected artists with beautiful works worth coming out and enjoying. Take a moment out of your busy schedule to immerse yourself in art and enjoy some free treats!

To learn more, visit the Art on Depot exhibit site or call (540) 586-1990.

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Have you heard about the exciting wakeboarding scene here at Smith Mountain Lake?

Smith Mountain Lake boasts 500 miles of shoreline, making it the perfect venue for water sports and activities. Locals and visitors can always enjoy its many amenities and take part in the opportunity to get out on the lake and try activities such as parasailing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, water skiing, knee boarding, tubing, water skiing, wake skating, sailing and more.

Competitively and recreationally, wakeboarding and wake skating are moving up among the ranks of the most popular water sports here at Smith Mountain Lake, with many of our residents receiving sponsorships and traveling around the country to compete with other water sports enthusiasts. Recently a new website has been developed at Smith Mountain Lake Wakeboarding dedicated to promoting the growth and popularity of these sports at the lake. The site includes event info and will soon feature photo galleries, a forum and more.


As their first event, Smith Mountain Lake Wakeboarding is hosting a wakeboarding competition at Indian Pointe Marina on July 16th, 2011 from 10:00 am – 7:30 pm.


(click image above for a larger view of the poster)

Prizes, trophies and a large cash prize for the open division will be offered. For information on division requirements and entry fees, visit the tribal wake event info page.

For more information on the event or to register to compete or offer sponsorship, visit smlwakeboarding.com or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Not only will you get to see the competitors catch some air and show off some mind-blowing tricks, but all proceeds from the event benefit the American Cancer Society. Come help us make Smith Mountain Lake a center for exciting and competitive watersports, enjoy a great show and spend some time with family and friends in the summer sun while supporting two great causes.



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The Peaks of Otter Winery, known for its “Fruit of the Farm” wines which are made from a variety of fruits such as apples, grapes, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, chili peppers, cherries, elderberries and more grown on the farm, will be hosting a “Peachy” open house from July 23-24th, July 30th-31st, and August 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21st.

The open house will provide a chance to sample the fresh peaches, nectarines and apples that they use to make the wine. You are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the pavilion, orchards and vineyard with family and friends.

Guests are also invited to purchase a bottle of wine to enjoy while admiring the scenic orchards and vineyard at the Peaks of Otter Winery, located in Bedford near the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. You may bring your own glass, purchase a souvenir glass, or taste wine out of a free plastic cup that will be provided.

The event will feature plenty of farm animals for children and families to enjoy together, making this the perfect adult and kid-friendly event. While visiting, be sure to head over to visit the nearby National D-Day Memorial and the Bedford Museum and Poplar Forest.

As always, the winery will also be featuring an assortment of jams and jellies for sale, and U-pick fruit when in season. This includes fresh apples, peaches, blackberries, nectarines, plums and raspberries. The winery is open daily from April-July from 12 pm- 5 pm, August-November 9 am- 5 pm, and December-May they are open on weekends from 12 pm-5 pm or during the week by chance or appointment.

This event is free of charge from Noon-5 p.m. on the scheduled dates. For more information call (540) 586-3703 or contact Danny Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The winery is located at:
Peaks of Otter Winery
2122 Sheep Creek Rd
Bedford, VA 24523

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If you’re interested in live music, good food, dancing and drinks to liven up your weekend, Mango’s Bar & Grill is bringing all this and more to you every Friday and Saturday.


Mango’s Bar and Grill is located in Bridgewater Plaza at
16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy
Moneta VA 24121

Mango’s opens at 11:00 am each day and has karaoke from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm every Thursday.

This weekend, Iron Horse featuring Keith Bryant is headlining on both nights. Their set will start at 7:30 pm and last until 11:30 pm. You must be 21 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for patio seating after 6:00 pm. Bring friends and family for dinner, dancing, and drinks on Smith Mountain Lake.


For more information, visit:
Mango's Bar & Grill Events
or call (540) 721-1632

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If you’d like to come out and support our local volunteer Fire, Rescue, and Dive department here at Smith Mountain Lake, what better way to do it than with a delicious meal of chicken and barbeque and bluegrass music?

The dedicated members of the Scruggs dive team will be cooking the flavorful par-boiled chicken, and the meal will also include biscuits, beans, potato salad, beverages and dessert. It is all-you-can-eat and will be going on rain or shine.


When/Where: The fundraiser dinner takes places on Saturday, June 25th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at the Volunteer Fire, Rescue and Dive station, at the intersection of Scruggs Road and Bluewater Drive.

Fee: There is no entry fee, but guests can make a free-will donation to go toward the Scruggs volunteers.

Live Music: Not only will there be delicious food, but there will be door prizes and live bluegrass music played by the Johnathan Dillon Band.

A portion of the event's proceeds also go to toward equipment purchases, such as a generator that will allow the facilities to serve as disaster emergency shelters for the community.


Come out and help the people who volunteer their time to help keep our community and its members safe!


For more information visit http://www.smithmountainlake.com/events/lakerWeekly/wb/290120.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Powerboating Association is bringing us their annual PWC Only Poker Run on Saturday, June 25th.

This event is unique because personal watercraft operators will travel the lake on their jet skis, picking up playing cards and competing with others for the best hand.

The proceeds are to benefit the Smith Mountain Lake Rescue Volunteers. Come gamble for a good cause!
In order to participate, you must pay an entry fee and captains must be at least 18 years old.

Entry Fees included are:
Captains: $75 (Includes poker run participation, Awards banquet)
Riders: $75 (Limit 1 rider per jet ski. This includes poker run and awards)
Rider/Guest: $15 (Limit 1 rider per jet ski, and includes awards banquet)


To pre-register for this fun-filled summer event, you can go in person to Mango’s Bar & Grill or come early for regular registration to the Webster Marine Center on the day of the event.

Pre-Registration: Mango’s Bar & Grill, June 24th 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Registration: Day of Event, at the Webster Marine Center June 24th 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The first wave of jet skiers will depart at 11:00 am.

Cash prizes will be given to the winner with the best hand at the end of the day! Complimentary food will be served for all participants.

Prizes available:
1st place will receive a $750 prize
2nd will receive $500
3rd will receive $250
4th will receive $150
and 5th will be given $75


All winners will also receive a medal along with their cash awards.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy beautiful Smith Mountain Lake on jet skis, with plenty of free food, cash prizes and poker fun!

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So much is happenin' at Smith Mountain Lake these days!!

You are cordially invited to attend the First Annual Smith Mountain Lake "Rockin' Brews & BBQs" on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from Noon to 5:00 PM in downtown Moneta, on Route 122 across from Mayberry Hills. The site of the SML Business Expo will be transformed from tents filled with businesses into tents filled with tasty BBQ and rockin music.

"A variety of barbecue will be served from North Carolina to Kansas City and everything in between. The event will feature live Rockin' music with Corey Hunley, Justin Prilliman and C.U. and the Kidd. Activities include the YMCA’s huge inflatable play area for kids, a local magician, balloon art and a ‘Rockin’ Corn-Hole Tournament. Admission is $5." -- www.visitsmithountainlake.com

For more information, contact Jim Shauberger at 540-721-1203 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Business Expo is happening on Friday, April 29, 2011 from Noon until 5:00 PM.  Over 140 businesses will be represented!  Under three huge tents, plan to attend and talk to many of the business folks and learn what Smith Mountain Lake has to offer.  Many new businesses are sprouting all over the lake, many old businesses are growing all over the lake.  The Expo is located in downtown Moneta, southwest side of Rt. 122 and Rt. 608 - across from Mayberry Hills.  This event will definitely give you information on what the local businesses have to offer that you may have never known!  For more information, contact Jim Shauberger at the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (540-721-1203) for more information.
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VISIT SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE'S STATE PARKS - http://traveltips.usatoday.com/state-parks-smith-mountain-lake-29164.html

Although only one Virgina state park is on the shores of Smith Mountain lake, two memorial parks are a short distance away and offer excursions to historic sites off the lake. Visitors can turn back the clock to what "Time" magazine dubbed "The Greatest Day" with a visit to the D-Day Memorial or step back further in time at Booker T. Washington's birthplace.

 

Visit Smith Mountain Lake's State Parks


 

 

 

 

 

 

lake image by Alison Bowden from http://www.fotolia.com

Smith Mountain Lake State Park offers a wide variety of outdoor fun in Virginia.

 

Smith Mountain Lake State Park

On the shores of the lake, Smith Mountain Lake State Park accommodates overnight visitors with its variety of options. Whether you decide to pitch a tent, stay in a cabin, or reserve a bunk in the Camping Lodge Bunkhouse, you're sure to enjoy the park's many amenities, which include hiking along marked trails, swimming, boating and fishing. Smith Mountain Lake State Park 1235 State Park Road Huddleston, VA 24104 540-297-6066 www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/smi.shtml

Booker T. Washington National Monument

Seventeen miles from Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Booker T. Washington was born and spent his formative years on Burroughs Plantation, now Booker T. Washington National Monument. Visitors can take part in a guided tour or walk the grounds on their own. Those who are interested in exploring can take the Plantation Trail, which passes the reconstruction of a 19th century farm, then stop by the farm and garden areas to learn how farms of the day operated. Booker T. Washington National Monument 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway Hardy, VA 24101 540-721-2094 www.nps.gov/bowa

National D-Day Memorial Park

The National D-Day Memorial details the enormity of World War II in Bedford, Virginia, 22 miles north of Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Visitors can take in the Landing Beach tableau, which includes artistic recreations of a landing craft, beach obstacles and exploding fountains to depict defensive fire, and the Richard S. Reynolds Sr. Garden, which offers statues and busts of the day's greatest heroes. National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Circle Bedford, VA 24523 540-587-3619 www.dday.org


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As seen in USA TODAY TRAVEL (http://traveltips.usatoday.com/fishing-smith-mountain-lake-virginia-37587.html)
  • Overview

    Situated in Virginia's scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, 20,600-acre Smith Mountain Lake is nationally recognized for its bass and striper fishing. The lake sees considerable fishing pressure, but with 500 miles of largely undeveloped shoreline, you should be able to find a quiet spot to drop a line, even on a busy weekend.
    Bass fishing at Smith Mountain Lake
  • Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Getty Images
    Smith Mountain is a nationally recognized bass lake.
  • Fish Species

    Bass dominate the sport fishing at Smith Mountain Lake, with largemouth being the most sought-after species. Largemouth bass outnumber smallmouth bass by a considerable margin, but a few big smallies are pulled out every year. Fishing for striped bass -- also called striper or rockfish -- can also be excellent. Crappie are also present, including some big fish, but they are not as abundant as in some other Virginia reservoirs. Bluegill, in contrast, are common but typically below average in size. The lake also hosts a healthy population of flathead and channel catfish.
  • Fishing Tips

    Spring and early summer offer peak bass fishing, with largemouths inhabiting the lake's many shallow coves and arms. Spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Trap style lures catch their share of bass, and the fish also might fall for small, soft plastics flipped under and around piers and boat docks. By the heat of summer, most bass head for deep water, but striper fishing picks up in deep water in the lower lake starting in June and continuing into fall. Live shad are the bait of choice among local striper fishers. Crappie fishing is at its best from March to May and October to November; try casting small jigs and live minnows around trees and brush in the upper lake.
  • Licenses and Regulations

    Smith Mountain Lake is subject to state limits and seasons, a complete guide to which is available for free at bait shops across Virginia. You also can find the regulations in PDF form on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website. You need a Virginia fishing license to fish at Smith Mountain Lake; licenses are available online or at bait shops and sporting goods stores in the state. As of 2011, an annual license costs $18 for Virginia residents, $36 for nonresidents.
  • State Park

    You can access the lake through Smith Mountain Lake State Park, located at the north shore of the lake. The park offers boat launch facilities and a fishing pier, as well as considerable shore access for fishing. Tent and RV campsites are available as well as cabins. The park also includes a swimming beach, picnic areas and miles of hiking trails.
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Posted by on in Smith Mountain Lake Fun

One of the most interesting places to visit at the Lake is American Electric Power’s Smith Mountain Lake Dam. At the Visitor Center overlooking the Dam, you’ll enjoy learning how electricity is generated in a pumped storage and hydroelectric project. There are hands-on exhibits and computer models to try, a theatre with audio-visual presentations, and a three-dimensional terrain map, which shows the lake area as if viewed from an altitude of 25,000 feet. Outside the Visitors Center there are overlook areas providing spectacular views of the dam, gorge, and lake plus picnic facilities with charcoal grills located near the base of the dam. So make a day of it at this great attraction that created the lake back in 1966. -- www.visitsmithmountainlake.com

 Smith Mountain Lake Dam Visitors Center, Phone: 540.985.2587

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Posted by on in Real Estate News

 

"Should I stay or should I go now? If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay there will be double!" - The Clash. The unrest in Egypt has been boiling for the past few weeks, as protestors took to the streets and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak contemplated whether to stay in power... or step down.

Hosni Mubarak

And any time there's uncertainty, there is sure to be movement in the markets. For example, oil prices rose Thursday morning after rumors spread through the media that Mubarek would step down later that night. In the end, Mubarek didn't officially step down until Friday morning, at which point the streets of Cairo erupted in celebration, oil moved lower again, and the Stock market ticked up in hopes that the uncertainty in Egypt would soon be a memory.

Of course, Cairo wasn't the only place that has been reacting to uncertainty lately - and we don't have to look any further than Mortgage Bonds and home loan rates as an example. To say that Bonds have had a rough time lately would be a bit of an understatement, as Bond pricing and home loan rates worsened very significantly over the past week and a half. By the end of last week, however, Bonds looked like they were beginning to stabilize... at least for now.

Impacting Bonds last week were a number of remarks by Fed members, including Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke who spoke on Capitol Hill, saying it will take several more years before the unemployment rate returns to a more normal level, and that lawmakers need to act to reduce the country's deficit.

The recent tough times for Bonds and home loan rates underscores the current opportunity... rates are still relatively low, but gradually creeping higher. This makes now an ideal time for consumers to take advantage of the still historically low rates. If you or someone you know is in the market for a new home or to review your home loan, now's the time to act.

 

 

After last week's slow schedule of economic reports, we'll see some influential reports this week... that have the potential to really move the markets.
  • We'll start off Tuesday morning with the January report of Retail Sales, which is considered a timely indicator of broad consumer spending patterns.
  • We'll also see manufacturing news this week with Tuesday's Empire State Index, which looks at New York State's manufacturing sector and is a good gauge of manufacturing overall. Then on Thursday, we'll see the Philadelphia Fed Index, which is another important manufacturing report. Those two indices have the potential to impact the market, since they indicate the health of the manufacturing sector in the U.S.
  • More news is headed our way on Wednesday with the Producer Price Index (PPI), which measures inflation at the wholesale level. Then, the very next day on Thursday morning, we'll see the Consumer Price Index (CPI) with a look at inflation at the consumer level. In light of last week's news about inflation concerns around the globe - including in China and Brazil - it will be important to see what these reports reveal. Remember, inflation is important to keep an eye on because it is the archenemy of Bonds and home loan rates.
  • Wednesday will also bring more housing industry news with reports on the number of Housing Starts and Building Permits in January.
  • Finally, the busy week of reports caps off Thursday with the Initial Jobless Claims report. Last week's report showed that Initial Jobless Claims hit the lowest weekly reading since July 2008. Overall, the labor market appears to be slowly gaining positive traction... and further improvement will lead to an improvement in the housing market, but also higher rates over time.

Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result.

As you can see in the chart below, Bonds and home loan rates have had a tough time recently, but were able to stabilize at the end of last week. In the end, Bonds and home loan rates finished the week just slightly below where they started, but home loan rates are still near historic lows for now.

Chart: Fannie Mae 4.0% Mortgage Bond (Friday Feb 11, 2011)

 

 

 


 

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Smith Mountain Lake, Va offers over 22,000 acres and over 500 miles of beautiful waterfront luxury and living. each and every lifestyle can be met at Smith Mountain Lake. Sales over the past year were up, prices down, so any buyer has a great oppurtunity. The state of VA interestingly enough does not have a deficit, and Franklin County - one of the 3 counties the lake accesses was the second largest VA County growth, over 19%.

Our inventory started to go down September 2010 with several larger sales, and obviously alot throughout the year.   We do not have very many lakefront  foreclosures however, so that market is very limited and reflects a more stable enviroment. We have had only 10 lakefront foreclosures overall, this does not count off -water or cities like Roanoke or Lynchburg. Condos are struggling and those have the highest rate of foreclosures. However our lakefront home luxury market has dropped in price and is moving down the road.  Our prices range from $800,000 to over $20,000,000 for lakefront luxury. Naturally we have lower priced homes on our lake,startign at around $350,000, but this is more representative of our luxury market.

Currently several great opputurnities exist with a $1,450,000 lisitng, that has the best views on this lake, on a point lot. This can be found on my web, www.SmithMountainLakeProperties.org or this web site as well.   We have several more great opputunities that may not last

If you have a buyer that wants to purchase lakefront within 3 hours of DC and Charlotte, or 1.5 hours from raleigh and only 30 mins from Roanoke, then call me. We have some great investment properties as well as Luxury Lakefront Properties.

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Spring is springing here at Smith Mountain Lake.  The trees and flowers are starting to show their colors and not too far from Smith Mountain Lake is a winery that is coming alive after the winter.  With award-winning wines, Brooks Mill Winery is a must visit on your next trip to the Lake.  It is a small farm-fruit winery that opened in December of 2008 after being H.T. and Rhonda Page's hobby for over ten years.  On the farm the Page's grow blackberries, blueberries, pears, plums, peaches, apples, and cherries.  Producing eight different fruit wines, two (blackberry and blueberry) won awards at the 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

 

For more information or to schedule a tasting:

Brooks Mill Winery
6221 Brooks Mill Road
Wirtz, Virginia 24184
540-721-5215
www.brooksmillwinery.com
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